Alright, time for a quick preview of the game from Houston before I head off to Huntsville.
First, some injury news:
SS Lekenwic Haynes will be playing his first game in a UTSA uniform. The Ole Miss transfer missed the first month of the season with a foot injury, but should be good to go today. Even though he’s listed behind Nic Johnston as the backup Dawg safety, I would expect the coaching staff to occasionally play them both at the same time, moving Johnston to Rover.
WR Earon Holmes will be making his long awaited debut today as well. As the tallest wide receiver on the roster (6’4″ – behind only Marlon Smith, David Morgan and a few offensive lineman) he was one of Soza’s favorite targets last fall. He might not be used too much today, but expect some big plays out of Holmes throughout his career at UTSA.
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Coming into the Roadrunners’ inaugural season, wide receiver was believed to be the position with the most depth. We’ll see that depth tested this week, as four of UTSA’s top receivers (and another TE) are suffering through injuries.
There’s also an experienced safety on the injured list that should return soon and could improve a secondary that’s been less than impressive in recent weeks.
LB Drew Douglas (Fr-HS)
Douglas is out for the season with a shoulder injury and will be using his redshirt year to recover. With only two linebackers needed for the 4-2-5 and a decent amount of depth at the position, it’s not a huge loss for UTSA, and he likely would have been redshirted regardless.
RB Sean Atkins (Jr-TR)
Transfer running back Sean Atkins will also miss the Roadrunners’ inaugural season with a shoulder injury, with an expected return of February/March 2012. He wasn’t expected to be much of a factor in a backfield that has five scholarship players and a couple notable walk-ons, but he’s worth mentioning as he’s had one of the more interesting playing careers of anyone on the team. For the past two seasons he played collegiate football in Canada as a member of the St. Francis Xavier X-Men football team. He lead the X-Men in rushing last season with 289 yards on 77 carries, while playing in all eight of the team’s games.
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